THE Anti-Corruption Commission says it has made headway, with help from international investigators, in probing FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya’s alleged bribe at the 2011 FIFA congress.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono says the commission was seeking international jurisdiction over investigations into allegations that Kalusha pocketed a bribe of US$80,000.
Kalusha was named as one of global football personalities who took bribes in exchange for votes at the 2011 FIFA congress and he admitted receiving the US$80,000, but said it was a debt.
The 1988 African Footballer of the year, who is seeking a third term at the helm of the local soccer governing body, admitted that he got the money using the FAZ banner, although the cash was deposited in his personal account and Football House never had any trace or records of the funds.
“Indeed, we maybe all aware that there is some big corruption investigation regarding operations of FIFA and this begun with a lot of allegations of some committee members of FIFA who could have been bribed and we did initiate an investigation regarding an official of FAZ, the president of FAZ, Mr Kalusha Bwalya who is alleged to have received US$80,000 from a prince in Qatar!” Moono said.
“And that inquiry has reached an advanced stage and the stage it has reached is that we have begun engaging our counterparts over foreign jurisdictions to compare notes on their investigations as well as ours. You are aware also that there [are] other investigations instituted out there and so we begun to engage internationally with other foreign jurisdictions so that we can compare notes on the information that is available!”
Moono reassured the nation that the commission was doing all it could to conclude the case and the nation would be informed on the findings.
Fifa has provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.
The punishments were handed out by the ethics committee of football’s world governing body, which is investigating the three over corruption allegations.
Issa Hayatou, who heads the Confederation of African Football (CAF), is acting as FIFA president during Blatter’s ban.
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